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Published July 24th 2016
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Australia has been dubbed the lucky country by many- our landscape is stunning and diverse, our education, health and welfare systems are world class, and our coffee is better than Italy's.
But more and more, issues like climate change and fair trade are coming up. Things that were once for the hippies and now very real problems.
I've rounded up the best places in Perth for you to shop, eat and enjoy- all with a clear conscience. These places are actively working to create what we all want- a world with equality, a world with the all the green things we love- still here. Freshness, quality, and creativity are all things that go hand in hand with sustainability and ethics, so it's a win-win situation.
The Wasteless Pantry in Mundaring is a grocery store where you get the food without all the extras. Forget everything coming in little plastic wrappers and tags and labels. Here you serve out as much as you want of what you want. They have a focus on supporting local farms, and living a lifestyle that's free of waste.
Perth City Farm is an oasis right in the heart of Perth City. What once used to be a scrap metal yard is now a lush community garden. There's plenty of events happening to get you interested, including workshop and tours that seek to engage the community in living sustainably. Every Saturday they host a Farmer's market that brings together local producers for a variety of natural, ethical and environmentally friendly products. They have Venue Hire, a Nursery, and a multitude of events. Check out their website for more info.
City Farm Cafe engages with local growers to provide real food that doesn't have a negative impact on you, the environment, or the growers. It's on site at Perth City Farm, and you can see right where the food was grown. The food is simple and delicious, both for looking at and eating.
Cafe 1905 is a cafe that provides fresh, delicious food to their customer, but it doesn't stop there. They employ people with disabilities, and their families and carers. These jobs change lives, and provide employment and confidence to people who are disabled. By eating from their tasty menu you can be a part of that change.
Also, whenever you're eating look for places like the Sparrow's Nest in Vic Park, where you can give suspended coffees.
Try out Fairgo Trading for a variety of beautiful Fair Trade Goodies
The Oxfam Shop in Perth is the best place to buy a gift, either for yourself or someone special. When you shop at Oxfam you know you're purchasing fair trade, which means employment for someone who otherwise might not be able to earn a living. Oxfam products are from many different countries and showcase a variety of cultures.
FairGo Trading provides a range of homewares, accessories and quality kid's toys that are sourced from all over the world. As the name suggests, they believe in giving everyone a fair trade for produce. They also seek to minimize their impact on the environment. You can visit them in William Street, Perth City, or shop and ship on their website.
The fast fashion industry is one of the most polluting on our planet, so why not slow it down and spend half a day going through some op shops? They often come in batches, so it's easy to get to two or three just walking. Search some handy hints for making the most of these, and bagging a bargain.